Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Halloween Treats



As an avid lover of all things Halloween, I drool over the entire Asos Collection as it is always on point! Above are a few of my favourites right now.

Now I am a mummy I can go all out without people thinking I am big child, I have had Blaire's costume sorted for almost a month already! 

Are you a Halloween fan, would you go as far as wearing items such as these? 

Until next time

Friday, 7 August 2015

Baby Ebay Finds


Recently i have noticed a high rise in the number of "shops" selling items for much much more than they can be found elsewhere . I am all for shopping local and small business when it comes to handmade quality items but All the popular items i see are things which can be found on Ebay, all for less than £5! Yes they come from China but if you are prepared to wait a couple of weeks for delivery then they are all bargains.


I have bought a few items from China via ebay and have never waited more than 2 weeks, i actually received items about 4 days after ordering a few months back, something you can struggle to get from a Uk seller.

So i thought i would give you all a few links to some of these popular items so you can all save some pennies to!

Would you order from Ebay, or have you already done so? Let me know!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Getting Crafty



In times of stress I get crafty and lets just say Blaire's nursery is looking good for it! Is it just me who does things like this when stressed? My most recent effort is this Rainbow melt canvas, created using crayons and a hairdryer. Pinterest has a lot to answer for, this is where many of my ideas stem from.

It is super easy to do and below are the steps and equipment I used. All in I would say this cost around £5 to make (Crayola crayons are £1.25 in Tesco right now)

Equipment

  • White Canvas (I got mine from the pound shop)
  • 3 Packets of Crayons
  • Super glue
  • Plastic bag/Newspaper (melting the wax gets messy)
  • And a good old trusty hair dryer


Method
  • I started by glueing the crayons to the canvas, I used 3 of each of my selected colours. (Apart from the purple I used 4 as I miss judged the size) Once done it should like the above picture. Leave the glue to set for a few minutes.
  • Lay your plastic bags or newspaper on the floor (this really is needed, I had no idea how much the wax would shoot of the canvas once melted!) 
  • Now comes the fun messy part! Go to town with your hairdryer on a medium setting. I started by melting each colour at a time the once they started running I ran the hairdryer back and forward along them all to mix some colours together.
  • Keep going until you have the desired effect.
  • The wax drys almost instantly once you turn the hairdryer off

Voila, you are left with an awesome piece of art work to hang on the nursery wall! 

Has anyone else made their own decorations for their little ones room? Let me know if you try this, I am off to pin my evening away once more in the search for my next project!

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Review: Amber Vs Teething



Anyone with a teething child will know they will try anything to help the little ones through the pain, and to try keep you sane! On my hunt for teething remedies I came across a lot of people talking about Baltic Amber bracelets. Needless to say I was intrigued so I ordered one from Amber Anklets.

Here is a bit of an explanation from the packaging of the bracelet;

Baltic Amber has been treasured for centuries as a teething aid in Eastern Europe. The Amber itself is a resin that is formed from resis producing trees in the Baltic region. the Amber is a natural anti inflammatory and when worn against the skin can help to greatly reduce any ailments relating to inflammation, thus making it the perfect teething remedy.
Baltic Amber can help to reduce a number of things, irritability, drooling, red cheeks and swollen gums. due to its anti inflammatory nature it can also help to calm skin conditions such as eczema.

When Blaire was showing signs of teething it was hellish, we no longer had our happy little baby. she was super rosy cheeked, drooling all over the place and would sit and make a growling noise all day long (this was the worst)
When it arrived in the post I was skeptical, surely this is just plastic and won't make any difference, nonetheless I popped the bracelet on her ankle and the next day, I kid you not she was like a different baby! No more growling and much less drooling, hallelujah!! 

When Blaire has it on I never leave her unattended, I always pop some socks on her provided it is cool enough to help keep it on her ankle as now she has found it she like to pull on it and has stretched it! 

I must admit I am now a believer in the Amber helping, we have no teeth cutting through just yet so that will be a big test for it, however for the moment it has greatly reduced her symptoms. and as a mum I can't really ask for more than that.

What are your experiences with these bracelets?

Are you a fan of the Baltic Amber or do you think it is all a boohockey? (Love a friends quote)









All items were purchased with my own money

Monday, 6 July 2015

June Favourites


I thought I would do a quick post on our most used products throughout June, both mummy and baby.


  • Dream Cream - This Lush product really did save me, post baby my psoriasis flared up really badly. I started using this and it calmed it down completely. I think the combo of oat milk and 
  • Ultrabland - This cleanser is amazing and if you don't own it I urge you to go buy it! It easily removes all traces of my makeup at night and leaves my skin feeling super soft.
  • Real Techniques Sponge - I bought this a few months back as I am always on the look out for a quick and easy foundation application (all you mummies know what I mean) I must say I love it! I use mine damp and it really does give a quick application with flawless finish. 
  • Soap and Glory Hand Dream - As I constantly have my hands in hot soapy water cleaning bottles or just washing my hands in general they have become very very dry. This helps combat that and smells amazing! 
  • WaterWipes - We have used these on baby B since she was born. They are a bit on the pricy side for a baby wipe but they are so worth it in my opinion. She has never had nappy rash and I swear this is why. Top tip - Always store the packet upside down, this keeps the wipes at the top nice and moist.
  • Sophie the Giraffe Face Cream - B suffers from some dry skin on her cheeks, I put this down to the awesome Scottish weather. This cream have a lovely thick consistency and helps keep those dry patches at bay, it also doesn't go a miss on mummies face before bedtime! 

What are your most reached for items?





All items purchased with my own money, all opinions are my own. 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Night off!

So, last weekend we had the night off from being a mummy and daddy to head to Hampden to see AC/DC (Funny story, I actually bought these tickets while I was in labour)
After the disappointment of the Foo Fighters gig being cancelled I was more than looking forward to this!



It was pretty strange both of us leaving the house together, babyless. But off we trotted and like the grown ups we are, drank on the bus!

I ditched the black jeans and baggy tees and got to wear my denim high waisters for the first time in over a year! I teamed it with a casual black tee, bumbag, leather jacket and my bloody amazing holographic rain Mac from Boohoo (I would like to say this jacket is not worth the £30 I paid for it,had it on 2 seconds and it ripped under the arm, but Omg it looks amazing!)



I was lucky enough to have seen AC/DC twice before, so was looking forward to seeing them for what may be the last time. I was also excited as it was Jamie's first stadium gig.




Needless to say we had an amazing night, I urge you to go see them if you ever get the chance. I ended up not really having much to drink as its a nightmare in Hampden to buy booze.

I am so thankful that we have such a supportive family who allow us to have these nights out, but I was so happy to get home and see my little B sound asleep. 

And the best thing was she slept until 7:30am the morning, RESULT!!

How often do you have a night off from being parents and what do you get up to?



Friday, 26 June 2015

Stokke Tripp Trapp Dupe


After MANY hours of trawling through the Internet looking for an alternative to the Stokke Tripp Trapp I stumbled across this. We couldn't justify spending all that money on the Stokke, especially with my Statutory Maternity Pay looming this month.

I found this via Amazon sold by a company called Bonjeur Bebe. With a price point at £54.99 what was not to love, and the choice of 3 colours! A few days after ordering it arrived and I was pleasantly surprised. It took me about half an hour to build it (I am sure all you out there can do it faster, but my sausage fingers hate Allen keys)

I must say the chair itself is extremely sturdy and sits at the perfect height for the dinner table, it also comes with a detachable tray if feeding baby away from said table. It also comes with 2 seat cushions included in the price. And like the Tripp Trapp it grows with baby, always a bonus in my opinion!

The only negative I will say about this is the wood scratches very easily as it is not sealed or varnished, but I can live with this for the price!


And as you can see my little B is pretty happy with the new purchase!

Are you looking for a high chair?  If so which one did you go for?